After 11 weeks in office, Trump declared that he has had “one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency.”
In a comment as tone-deaf as Pepsi’s recent ad with Kendall Jenner, Trump seemed to forget that the first weeks of his presidency have been mired in infighting, an inability to pass legislation, and an abysmal approval rating. It also doesn’t make sense numerically.
Trump had the nerve to cite rising numbers on job creation, which – after less than three months in office – are largely still the result of the Obama-era growth policies. He also touted his military budget expansion. Of course, he didn’t cite the domestic programs – like the wildly popular Meals on Wheels – that would be left unfunded in its wake.
Other notable “accomplishments” for the Trump administration thus far are an ongoing FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election; Trump’s debunked claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election; two travel bans that have both been blocked by federal judges; and an inability to repeal Obamacare.
Of course, it isn’t surprising that a President so out of touch with the American people would think that his time in office was a success. With impeachment looming, it will be interesting to see if Trump ever acknowledges the facts concerning his flailing presidency.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.